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Friday, September 30, 2011

St. George Marathon - Giving it my all

I meant to post before today, but this week has been chaos and I have been a mess. Dealing with my hip pain has put me on a roller coaster of emotions, but after an x-ray and MRI resulted in a green light from my ortho, I am packed and ready to head south to St. George to run the marathon and meet my goals. Since I have to go get The Princess from school in a few minutes, I'll just say I am going to give it my all. I'll give you more goal specifics in my race report. If you are the praying type, throw in a little prayer that my hip pain eases up as I get going.

And if you are running St. George tomorrow too, look for me! I'll be wearing a teal tank and black running skirt. Good luck to everyone running! Everyone else...have a great weekend!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Super Bass, Stereo Hearts and a Party Rock Anthem

The countdown is on. Four days until the St. George Marathon. That means it's time to update the iPod so there's more than two hours of songs on there. A sub-2 hour marathon might be inevitable, but it won't be set by me. Shocking, I know.

I figure if I can't run, I'll get ready to run. I shot an email to my doctor this morning to see if there is anything else I can do to help speed things along with my hip since the only times it hurts now is when I first get up in the morning and the Celebrex has worn off or when I try to run. Until I get his response, I will distract myself with music.

Last week I got an email of the top ten workout songs for September from Chris at and was pretty excited. Perfect timing for updating my iPod. And I'm letting you in on the list too:

Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer - Give Me Everything (Sidney Samson Remix) - 129 BPM

Nicki Minaj - Super Bass - 128 BPM

Switchfoot - Dark Horses - 83 BPM

Gym Class Heroes & Adam Levine - Stereo Hearts - 90 BPM

Lady GaGa - Edge Of Glory (Bare Noize Remix) - 140 BPM

Pitbull & Marc Anthony - Rain Over Me - 128 BPM

Nadia Ali, Alex Kenji & Starkillers - Pressure (Alesso Radio Edit) - 129 BPM

T.I. & B.o.B. - We Don't Get Down Like Y'all - 92 BPM

LMFAO, GoonRock & Lauren Bennett - Party Rock Anthem (Russ Chimes Remix) - 129 BPM

Alexandra Stan - Mr. Saxobeat - 129 BPM

You can listen to clips of the songs at You can also subscribe to the web site, and get (for free) weekly updates and the monthly top 10 list with each song's BPM (beats per minute) is listed. There are also links to buy them on and iTunes.

Before you wander over to Run Hundred though, tell me what YOUR favorite running song is right now.

Friday, September 23, 2011

First Foto Friday (and maybe the only one ever)

This is what I'm wearing today. Yes, I added the "NOT." Probably hard to tell because I have such amazing photo editing SKILLZ. I figured the shirt works either way because running does suck because if I didn't love it so much NOT running wouldn't suck so much. I'm not sure how much sense that made or if it even makes sense because I think there is a double negative in there, but hopefully you get the idea.

Sorry about the boob shot, but these were some of my other attempts:

Sooo, you can't see the words on my shirt and Bean was determined to be in the picture. So I did what I had to do. Boob shot. Apparently I need a camera that zooms out if I'm going to try self portraits.

When I downloaded the pics off my camera, I found this:

I took it the other day when we got to The Princess' school a little early and were waiting for the first bell to ring. Seriously, she is FIVE! Going on fifteen. And how the real fifteen already scares me! At least once a day, she tells me or the hubs: "You are ruining my life!" or "This is the worst day of my life."

I also found this pic. While I watched the Emmys on Sunday night, the hubs let the girls stay up late with him and watch the football game.

Speaking of the hubs. Yesterday, he said "snap it" in a moment of frustration. It was an attempt to not swear by combining "snap" (which I have brought back in full force at our house and LOVE hearing Bean say) and "damn it" (sorry Mom). It might be my new favorite word.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Things I Love Thursday - Fallin'

I love, love, love, love, love this time of year. It is, hands-down, my favorite. I love that it is dark by 8 pm, and not just because it makes it easier for my girls to go to bed.

I love the smells outside. And inside, like my pumpkin candles and pumpkin pies and breads.I love the colors, from the changing of the leaves to the warm fall oranges and browns.

I love decorating for the holidays. And watching my girls' excitement when we do.

I love the cooler temperatures. I love being able to have the windows open and hear the voices of kids playing and the cows mooing in the field behind our house. I love the cool air coming in while I am sleeping.

And I love that the cooler temperatures decided to move south. When I checked the 2-week forecast a few days ago, it showed a high of 92 in St. George on October 1st. Now it's showing the high as 81 with a chance of rain. I'll take the rain if it means I don't have to take the heat.

What do you love about this time of year?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Runnerd Stress

I was going to do a whole big post about my massage on Saturday and my healing progress since then, but the bottom line is my hip still hurts when I try to run so I've been cycling and strength training to make me feel like I'm doing something. I am also trying to keep my stress level at a minimum (and failing) as each day brings me one day close to October 1st, marathon day.

The one good thing is that I haven't had any pre-race bad dreams, like I usually do, where I wake up and realize the race has already started. We'll just ignore the fact that I'm having dreams about the wedding cake I'm making in November instead, where I wake up the day of the wedding and realize I forgot to make the cake.

And now for the real reason you are here...the runnerd giveaway winners. My little Bean chose the winners from here:

And here are the answers to the bonus entry questions, just in case you were curious:

1 .On what body part did I have surgery? My foot

2. What do I collect? Clocks

3. What are my favorite socks (two possible answers; either will be accepted)? SmartWool or Wright Socks

4. What is my favorite place to visit? I was looking for NYC but also accepted Hawaii, since no one said NYC and almost everyone said Hawaii.

5. Name one of my snack/treat obsessions (there are several)? Baked goods, (chocolate) Twizzlers, hot tamales

6. How did I dress up for Halloween last year? Baseball/softball player

7 .What body part do I most want to improve? Mid-section/stomach

8. Who is my favorite band? U2

9. In addition to "runnerd," what running phrase did my hubs come up with? DNPTP (Did not poop their pants)

10. What nickname did another blogger give me? An extra point for naming the other blogger too. Runner Barbie - Tall Mom Mel

The results are completely unbiased since Bean can't read, so even if she could see the names they meant nothing to her. And she reluctantly posed for a picture of one of her selections:

Water Bottle - Jesse of Run to the Border

Runnerd Glass - P of Adventures of an Average Athlete

Keychain - Nelly on the Run

Email me at with your mailing info and I will get your runnerd stuff in the mail! Congrats to the winners. And the rest of you can load up on runnerd gear at the Runnerd Shop!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Are you a runnerd?

Once upon a time, my husband called me a runnerd. I laughed so hard I almost cried. I have since embraced my runnerdness with a Runnerd Shop, Runnerd Facebook Page and Runnerd Blog (although this last one is much-neglected). My runnerdness is also showing up around the house, in the form of a keychain, t-shirt, tech shirt, sticker on my car, etc. And because I wouldn't be the runnerd I am without all of you, I want to spread the runnerd love. Here's what I'm giving away (one winner for each = three winners!):

And here us how you can win:

  • Follow my blog (required) - leave a comment letting me know

  • Like the Runnerd Facebook Page (optional) - leave a separate comment letting me know
And for bonus entries to win, show me how much of an I Have Runnerd you are and send an email to (do not leave a comment please!) with answers to any or all of the following questions (1 additional entry for each correct answer):

  1. On what body part did I have surgery?

  2. What do I collect?

  3. What are my favorite socks (two possible answers; either will be accepted)?

  4. What is my favorite place to visit?

  5. Name one of my snack/treat obsessions (there are several)?

  6. How did I dress up for Halloween last year?

  7. What body part do I most want to improve?

  8. Who is my favorite band?

  9. In addition to "runnerd," what running phrase did my hubs come up with?

  10. What nickname did another blogger give me? An extra point for naming the other blogger too.

The winners will be announced Wednesday, September 21st.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Things I Love Thursday - Being a Runnerd

Someone asked my race today; I almost asked which one. I forgot "race" has a non-running meaning.

I also saw this today and love it:

I just wish I looked like that afterward. And before.

This is what I look like during:

Yesterday I wore this awesome shirt for a LONG three mile run. I'll get to the run in a minute, after I talk about the shirt. Yes, it is pink. And says runnerd. It also has my name peeking out under my hand (oops). How cool is that? Pretty much a perfect shirt. And it was great for running. In spite of the sweat dripping off my face, the shirt wicked every drop of sweat off by body. And the best thing can get one too. And it doesn't even have to say runnerd on it. Although I don't know why you would want it to say anything else.

One of the best parts is how cheap (price, not quality!!) it is. Right now you can get a personalized ULTRA-Lite tech shirt for only for $14.95 from They'll even add your name (or whatever) in stylish black text to the front, left-bottom of your shirt for FREE! I have a feeling this might be the new go-to site for race teams like those running Ragnar! You don't have to get pink either. You can choose from yellow/gold, silver/grey, white, royal blue, lime shock, agent orange, apple red, tropic blue & pink. No matter what color you order, you get the shirt information sheet that is included, which is pretty dang funny. But knowing the guy (Charlie!) behind the shirt, you would expect nothing less. So be sure to also visit the Facebook page and sign up for the monthly newsletter, which will include "an occasional, out-of-the blue, crazy offer."

After you order your runnerd shirt, you can try to win some runnerd gear. Tomorrow I will be posting the long-awaited runnerd giveaway.

Now, about that run. My hip/leg has been bothering my quite a bit since my race on Saturday, so I didn't even let myself attempt to run until last night. And it did not go well. After a pretty good day painwise, I thought maybe I was on the mend for good. But it only took one step to know I was wrong. Because the pain eventually subsided during Saturday's race, I decided to keep going and see if it would subside this time. Then when I stopped briefly so the hubs could take the sweaty picture above and then started running again, I could hardly take a step. IT WAS SO PAINFUL. The hubs reminded me I can walk, so I did. The pain eased up a bit, and I sped up and finished my run. But at 8:30 this morning, I made an appointment with my doc, went in at 10:30, and was diagnosed with a hip flexor strain. I have a massage (the painful kind, not the relaxing kind) scheduled for Saturday morning. My doctor is a runner/triathlete, so he is always awesome about finding the best solution while keeping my race calendar in mind. The last thing he said was "Good luck in St. George!" Ironically, I said those same words to him on one of my last visits just before he did the Ironman there. And he did awesome. So I hope that's a sign.

I am not calling myself injured, but my taper might be a little different than what is printed out and stuck on the board next to Millie. But as long as I can run those 26.2 miles on October 1st, I'll do whatever it takes.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Watching TV tonight instead of running. You? (And a giveaway winner!)

I'm not a big TV watcher, but I am admittedly excited for the fall shows to start. And the first new show I'm looking forward to starts in 15 minutes, so there's no time to waste. It's time to announce the winner of the Gone for a Run paracord IDmeBAND. And the winner (chosen by is:


Shoot me an email at and I will respond with the info on how to get your IDmeBAND!

And for the rest of you, what fall shows are you looking forward to watching?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Race Report: Spanish Fork Half Marathon

The timer will go off in five minutes for the zucchini bread baking in the oven. So why not blog for five minutes?

Plus, I need to do a quick race report, even if it's mostly for myself. Saturday I ran the Spanish Fork Half Marathon, a smaller race about 30 minutes from my house. I signed up for it to get my fourth of four races I needed to complete Run the Slam. Here is my race report in the form of some random thoughts:

(Why can't I look normal even when I stop running??)

  • The race was an out-and-back, my first out-and-back half marathon. It was actually an out and back, turn, out and back again, turn, back to the start. The first part was on country roads along a river and the second part was along a paved trail. It was a pretty run with a few walkers and bikers along the way.

  • It was pretty flat. The flattest half I have run.

  • The flatness made me wonder how I would do since it was a new thing for me. My PR (1:52:39) was set on a very downhill course. I finished this race in 1:53:15.

  • I came in fourth in my age group. I came in less than a minute under the third place runner. I know I could have pushed myself a little more and finished third AND beat my PR.

  • This knowledge (and regret) will be useful in St. George when I am doubting myself. "No Regrets" became a new mantra for me after this race.

  • My stomach started acting up the last few miles. The first thing I did when I finished was head to the bathroom. I am just grateful it was after I finished. This experience reminded me how important it is to be careful what I eat the days before I race, especially since my stomach hasn't bothered me as much in the past few months. I can now really tell it is because of my pre-race eating habits.

  • I thought it was great that it was chip timed even thought it was such a small race. The volunteers were great. And the temperature was perfect for a fall race.

  • In all honesty, I will probably not run this race again. And not just because I didn't get a medal. Although I think it would be better to spend a little money on medals and less money on the raffle prizes. Another complaint is that the shirts were supposed to be Brooks tech shirts. They were tech but not Brooks. And it is kind of ugly. I also didn't love that they ran out of cups and Gatorade at the finish. I was really thirsty!

  • My cousin (in-law) Erik ran this race too. I didn't know he was running until he surprised me just before the race. He came in fifth overall and first in his age group.

  • My awesome support group/race crew/family came to see my finish. LOVE seeing them at the end of a race, even if The Princess thinks I should run faster so I can get an award like Erik.

  • I am still shocked the hours and days after my races that my legs are so conditioned to do this running thing and are hardly sore at all anymore. Love it!

I can't remember if I blogged about it or just mentioned it on DailyMile last week, but the front of my hip has been bothering me lately. It doesn't hurt when I am not moving my leg, but is quite painful sometimes if I have been sitting or standing still for a while. I am leaning toward a nerve issue because of where it is, how it feels (hot, tingly, and sometimes shooting into different parts of my quad) and how it comes and goes. I tried several different anti-inflammatories that did NOTHING to help. But my Celebrex has been a life-saver.

My hip didn't hurt much the day before the race, but it was pretty sore for the first three miles of the race and then it either stopped hurting or went numb. Either way, I was glad it was gone. It hurt a little after the race, and then I had the hubs pull me up from sitting on the floor later that day and took a huge step that made it hurt A LOT. Since then, it has been pretty sore. I'm giving it a few days off from running before I give in and go to the doctor. Fingers crossed it subsides with a little TLC and a lot of icing.

By the way, have you entered my giveaway yet? It ends tomorrow. For an extra entry, follow Gone for a Run on Twitter. Leave a comment on my giveaway post letting me know!

Friday, September 9, 2011

A race, Rapuzel and other randomness

Because somehow life has been busier the last two weeks than it was during the summer and I have been so bad at blogging lately, you get an awesome Friday post of randomness.

My race schedule is getting smaller and smaller. And tomorrow, I will take yet another race off the list. I am running the Spanish Fork Half Marathon. I have no idea what the course is like, but I am excited to be able to just run since I paced my last two half marathons. It is also the final of my four races for Run the Slam.

I realized I have Fourth of July and Halloween decorations out. The Fourth of July ones are waiting to be put in the attic when I have the hubs get the Halloween decorations down. And the Halloween decorations that are already out were purchased last week while my mom was here.

I posted a giveaway on Wednesday. Have you entered yet?

This week I realized I may have a little bit of a crush on Flynn Rider from Tangled. Still trying to decide if that means I have a crush on Zachary Levi, aka Chuck, (who does his voice) too? I also realized Little Einsteins is one of the most annoying shows on television.

I am still administering seven types of medication to my Rowdy boy. We are just waiting to see if the eye with the ulcer heals. It will either heal or rupture, which would mean some tough decisions, so we are holding our breath. And keeping our fingers crossed.

I have the best husband ever. I don't talk about him much, but he is amazing and supportive and I wouldn't be a runner without him. He is the reason I am running St. George. After last year, I said I wasn't running another marathon until my girls were older. He knew how disappointed I was in how St. George turned out though, and talked me into at least putting in for the lottery. Then of course I drew out. He has made sure I've had the time to train and has been there to push me when I needed it and talk me through the tough runs. He has way more confidence in me than I do in myself! Yesterday, I ran while my girls were both in school, which meant I was able to run outside. It was still fairly cool in spite of being 10 am, so I channeled some of his confidence in me and finished my 7 miles in 1:02:21, an 8:54 pace.

And last but not least, my little baby Bean turned three on Monday. I am still trying to accept that she is three and no longer my baby. She is an amazing little person with SO much personality. She didn't start talking until she was almost two and a half, which might be why she is one of the most expressive, animated kids I have ever seen. She is also incredibly loving and sensitive. She will randomly give me the biggest hugs and tell me a "I love you sooooo much."

Saturday, she opened her present from Grandma and Grandpa before Grandma headed home to Arizona. When Bean tore off the wrapping paper and saw a shoe box, the look on her face was priceless. She just kept asking why Grandma gave her shoes, until we finally talked her into opening the box.

Then on Monday, she insisted on opening her presents before she even ate breakfast. Her mismatched jammies in the picture say a lot about her crazy little personality.

After the requested pink birthday pancakes, we rode bikes and scooters, one of her favorite things to do. It was awesome that her Daddy was able to be home all day for her birthday. I thought it was also fitting that it was on Labor Day and I was in labor exactly three years before.

To finish off the birthday celebration, we had a little Minnie Mouse themed party Tuesday night, where she got to blow out her candles for a second time in two days, which was one of her favorite parts of her birthday.

Now it's your turn. Since I am behind on my blog reading, tell me some randomness from your life lately!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Gone for a (long) Run giveaway

Saturday I ventured out for my last long run before the St. George Marathon. It went really well. I finished in just under 3 1/2 hours. And my race team was faithful as always. The Princess and her daddy brought me a Powerade refill (and my forgotten sunglasses) at 13 miles and then the whole crew (including my mom) brought me some ice cold water an hour later. My stomach cooperated, and I only needed one potty stop at the beginning (mostly because I didn't give myself time for it to happen before I headed out the door). And when I finished, my legs felt pretty good. The only soreness was my IT band, which bothered me off and on toward the end, and my Achilles on both feet, which have been a little tender after my longer runs ever since the uphills on the South Valley Half. But by the next day, any sign of the 22 miles I ran had pretty much subsided.

Before I headed out the door, I made sure to put on my ID bracelet. This has become part of my get-ready routine before my outside runs. But this time I was a little more excited about it because I was trying out my new IDmeBand Paracord Safety Bracelet from Gone for a Run.

Here are my thoughts, after wearing the bracelet for 22 miles:

  • It doesn't stink. Even after 3.5 hours of sweat. That is always a good thing.

  • It is pink. I love pink.

  • I didn't notice it. It fits a little looser than I like, but the smaller size was the exact measurement of my wrist and I was afraid it would be too tight. So I just pushed it up my arm until it didn't move and then I didn't even notice it was there.

  • It is really lightweight and didn't make my arm sweat like my silicone band does.

  • It was nice to know I had a life-saving device on my wrist, and not just because it contains my identification info. I think it is fascinating the paracord can be uncoiled and used as a tourniquet, a tow rope or a (running) shoe lace.

  • I am excited that one of you gets to have one too. And you get to choose a blue, black or pink paracord IDmeBAND. Yep, Gone for a Run wants to give one of you the band of your choice.

  • Here's how you can win (please leave a separate comment for each entry):

    1. Follow my blog. (1 entry - required)

    2. Visit Gone for a Runand tell me which bracelet you would choose and why you want it. (1 entry - required)

    3. LIKE Gone For a Run on Facebook. (1 entry - optional)

    4. Share this giveaway on your blog, Facebook and/or Twitter. (up to 3 entries - optional)

    If you don't win, you can still get your own Paracord IDmeBAND at Gone for a Run. Or check out the silicone IDmeBANDs with adjustable bands, which I think is AWESOME! The winner will be chosen by and announced on Tuesday, September 13.

    *Gone for a Run generously provided the bracelets for the review and to give away in exchange for my unbiased review.

    Thursday, September 1, 2011

    Things I Love Thursday - The Little Things

    Since I don't love that we added a plumbing leak to to the truck and the Rowdy adventures after my last post, I decided I needed to take a minute to focus on some of the things I do love lately.

    Sweet notes from The Princess. She gave me the one on the left after my half marathon last weekend. It says: Good Job Mom You Did A Wonderful Job. I Love You Mom So Much. Love The Princess.

    Booking our trip to Hawaii and getting a screaming good deal (even though it took over an hour and three different travel web sites to finally nail it down).

    Watching my happy girls spin in their new back-to-school clothes!

    Getting this package in the mail, which means a Runnerd giveaway is coming soon. Very soon. It was going to be in today's post actually, but I'm still waiting for life to slow down just a little.

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